Dr Zofia Lisowski

Lecturer in Veterinary Biomedicine


After qualifying from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Sciences in 2008, Zofia worked as a veterinary surgeon at a charity veterinary hospital, Animal Care in Egypt, in Luxor providing veterinary care to working donkeys and equids. On her return to the UK,  she completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at The Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Kent. Following her internship, Zofia then worked in equine clinical practice in the UK before being awarded a Horserace Betting Levy Board Veterinary Research Training Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Roslin Institute and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies investigating equine postoperative ileus. After completing her PhD in 2018, Zofia was appointed as a Lecturer in Veterinary Biomedicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where she divides her time between teaching and research. Her research focusses on the equine immune system with a particular focus on inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh, Targeting the macrophage in equine postoperative ileus

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), The University of Liverpool

Undergraduate teaching

Year 1

The Animal Body 1

Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4

Year GEP

The Animal Body  

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Mucosal immunology and neuroimmune interactions


Current research interests

My research aims to understand the pathogenesis of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract particularly in horses. Studies are concentrated on immune cell populations of the equine intestine in the steady state and disease, principally focusing on horses with colic and postoperative ileus. An additional area of study is the equine innate immune system with a focus on macrophages and understanding the equine macrophage response to LPS and how this may influence the susceptibility of the horse to endotoxaemia. I am also interested the bi-directional interaction of immune cells in the intestine with the enteric nervous system.

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